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April 29, 2009
MEDIA ADVISORY : M09-071
NASA Sets Media Credentials Deadlines for June Space Shuttle Flight
WASHINGTON -- NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for the next space shuttle flight to the International Space Station. Shuttle Endeavour is targeted to launch June 13 to begin its mission, designated STS-127. The 16-day flight will deliver a new station crew member and will complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. The shuttle and station crews will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module. The platform will serve as a type of "front porch" for experiments that require direct exposure to space.
Journalists must apply for credentials to attend the liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida or cover the mission from other NASA centers. To be accredited, reporters must work for verifiable news-gathering organizations. Journalists may need to submit requests for credentials at multiple NASA facilities as early as May 15.
Additional time may be required to process accreditation requests by journalists from certain designated countries. Designated countries include those with which the United States has no diplomatic relations, countries on the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism, those under U.S. sanction or embargo, and countries associated with proliferation concerns. Please contact the accrediting NASA center for details. Journalists should confirm they have been accredited before they travel.
No substitutions of credentials are allowed at any NASA facility. If the STS-127 launch is delayed, the deadline for domestic journalists may be extended on a day-by-day basis.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
Reporters applying for credentials at Kennedy should submit requests via the Web at:
Reporters must use work e-mail addresses, not personal accounts, when applying. After accreditation is approved, applicants will receive confirmation via e-mail.
Accredited media representatives with mission badges will have access to Kennedy from launch through the end of the mission. Application deadlines for mission badges are May 24 for foreign reporters and June 4 for U.S. journalists.
Access requests must be submitted for Endeavour's move from Launch Pad 39B to pad 39A targeted, which is targeted for May 29, and the launch dress rehearsal activities known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, which is scheduled for May 31-June 2. Foreign journalists must apply by May 15 to allow time for processing, and U.S. media representatives must apply by May 26. Media badges will be valid for both events.
Reporters with special logistic requests for NASA's Kennedy Space Center, such as space for satellite trucks, trailers, electrical connections or work space, must contact Laurel Lichtenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 26. The free wireless Internet access provided at Kennedy's news center is no longer available.
Work space in the news center and the news center annex is provided on a first-come basis, limited to one space per organization. To set up temporary telephone, fax, ISDN or network lines, media representatives must make arrangements with BellSouth at 800-213-4988. Reporters must have an assigned seat in the Kennedy newsroom prior to setting up lines. To obtain an assigned seat, contact Patricia Christian at email@example.com. Journalists must have a public affairs escort to all other areas of Kennedy except the Launch Complex 39 cafeteria.
JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
Reporters may obtain credentials for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston by calling the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 or by presenting STS-127 mission credentials from Kennedy. Media representatives planning to cover the mission only from Johnson need to apply for credentials only at Johnson. Deadlines for submitting Johnson accreditation requests are May 15 for non-U.S. reporters, regardless of citizenship, and June 5 for U.S. reporters who are U.S. citizens.
Journalists covering the mission from Johnson using Kennedy credentials also must contact the Johnson newsroom by June 5 to arrange workspace, phone lines and other logistics. Johnson is responsible for credentialing media if the shuttle lands at NASA's White Sands Space Harbor, N.M. If a landing is imminent at White Sands, Johnson will arrange credentials.
DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER
Notice for a space shuttle landing at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base in California could be short. Domestic media outlets should consider accrediting Los Angeles-based personnel who could travel quickly to Dryden. Deadlines for submitting Dryden accreditation requests are May 22 for non-U.S. media, regardless of citizenship, and June 22 for U.S. media who are U.S. citizens or who have permanent residency status.
For Dryden media credentials, U.S. citizens representing domestic media outlets must provide their full name, date of birth, place of birth, media organization, their driver's license number and the name of the issuing state, and the last six digits of their social security number.
In addition to the above requirements, foreign media representatives, regardless of citizenship, must provide data including their citizenship, visa or passport number and its expiration date. Foreign nationals representing either domestic or foreign media who have permanent residency status must provide their alien registration number and expiration date.
Journalists should fax requests for credentials on company letterhead to 661-276-3566. E-mailed requests to Alan Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org are acceptable for reporters who have been accredited at Dryden within the past year. Requests must include a phone number and business e-mail address for follow-up contact. Those journalists who previously requested credentials will not have to do so again.
NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACTS:
Kennedy Space Center: Candrea Thomas, 321-867-2468, email@example.com
Johnson Space Center: James Hartsfield, 281-483-5111, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dryden Flight Research Center: Leslie Williams, 661-276-3893, email@example.com
For information about the STS-127 mission, visit:
For information about the International Space Station, visit:
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